Blogs tagged "commission"

July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – The Making of ‘Gudrun: The Viking Princess’

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2018 9:16pm by Louise Lynch

The session opened with a showreel from Children’s Media Network Scotland followed by a conversation between Alix Wiseman from 9 Story Media Group and the programme’s writer and producer at Maramedia, Simon Parsons.   Simon explained how the commission came about after a casual conversation with Kay Benbow, CBeebies Controller at the time. Natural History producers Maramedia were making a series for PBS about the Vikings.  They were able to piggyback a pilot shoot for Gudrun during some PBS filming scheduled with a Viking boat and the show was commissioned from the pilot.   Kay explained that she “liked the idea of a strong female lead who was a princess but not the princess you might expect".  It was a…

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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – Meet the Commissioners: Video On Demand

Posted on: Friday 07 July 2017 2:03pm by Christina Evans

The session began with a presentation by changemaker Steven Kavuma: The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: Jesse Whittock, editor of TBI, introduced a panel of commissioners for VOD content, who explained to delegates exactly what kind of pitches are interesting to them at the moment Takeaway: Sky Kids balances its channel partner's US content with British commissions and acquisitions Learning shows including 'Ben and Holly' are popular with the Hopster audience Azoomee look for entertainment lead content, with learning incorporated. Detail: Changemaker Steven Kavuma, founder of the Diversity School Initiative, started the session by giving an inspirational speech about diversity and challenges in education. The first of the VOD commissioners to speak was Lucy Murphy, Head…

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CMC 2017: Report – Meet The Commissioners: PSBs

Posted on: Friday 07 July 2017 10:27am by Christina Evans

The session began with a presentation by changemaker Yasmin Lodhi: The full session is available here as videos and as podcasts: This session aimed to demystify the Public Service Broadcaster commissioning process – walking the audience through the stages of pitching, development and production for PSB TV shows Takeaway: Each PSB has a different approach to children's coverage, depending on their remit Consider language when pitching to S4C Talk to people and do your research! Detail: Channel 4 First to the floor, Dom Bird, Head of Formats, Music & Education, Channel 4, discussed the fact that C4 do not have any kids' channels currently, raising the question of what the channel is mandated to do. Children’s policy is of course informed…

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November 2016

Manimation 2016: Report – Panel 2: Creative Snapshot with the BBC

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 5:21pm by Helen Dugdale

Speakers Westley Wood, CITV (moderator) Sarah Legg, CBeebies Jo Allen, CBBC Tim Searle, CBBC Productions Takeaway: Like cream, the best ideas always rise to the top! Spend time watching the channels to see what we’re doing and if you have anything different to offer. CBBC is on the hunt for a strong female-led series for 6-8 year olds, not pink princesses. The BBC still has lot of hope for kid’s content after Brexit – it will affect producers rather than the channel. Detail: Areas of discussion from the panellists included: Sarah Legg On the whole, CBeebies is looking for new ways to inspire and educate – big ideas for little people, such as 'Messy Goes to Okido', something that’s fresh,…

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July 2016

CMC 2016: Report – Commissioner Conversations: International

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2016 12:00am by Simon Bor

Jo Daris, Head of Operations, m4e, introduced the international commissioners panel and asked what content they were looking for. Video: [vimeo video_id="174885371" width="700" height="394" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   Podcast:   Takeaways French preschool is getting bigger as older children migrate to online platforms. 70-80% of all Welsh views on iPlayer are for S4C’s children’s output. Most PBS programming is US originated, because it includes the curriculum. Detail Julien Borde, Head of SVOD France Télévisions, said their content was exclusively animation, thanks to the government initiatives to support the animation industry in France. Preschool was getting bigger and bigger as older children migrated to platforms such as Netflix. He is looking for acquisitions, in particular specials, for female…

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